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Greg Roman says Ravens won’t be “ground and pound”

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman calls plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills have fired Roman.
The team announced the move in an email released on Friday, Sept. 15, 2016, a day after Buffalo fell to 0-2 following a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets.  (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File) AP

The Ravens opened the offseason talking about their desire to see more production from their running game and they made a move in that direction by adding Greg Roman to their coaching staff as their assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

The Ravens led the league in pass attempts last season while ranking just 30th in rushes. Roman ran offenses for the 49ers and Bills that thrived on the ground and ranked among the league leaders in rushing attempts, so that would seem to signal a change in approach.

Roman agreed that the team is looking for more balance, but he made a reference to former boss Rex Ryan when saying that the Ravens aren’t looking to tilt too far in the other direction in 2017.

“I wouldn’t try to pigeonhole us just yet that we’re going to try to be ground and pound,” Roman said, via the team’s website. “Who really wins big doing that? I think you have to have balance. But that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make people respect us in that phase of the game.”

Game situations can force changes in plans as teams are likely to run more often if they are protecting leads. The Ravens need to do more to get in the lead in the first place and some of their offseason will be spent making moves in hopes that the run game can be part of that equation as well.

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15 Responses to “Greg Roman says Ravens won’t be “ground and pound””
  1. jeffreyshulenburg says: Feb 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    “I wouldn’t try to pigeonhole us just yet that we’re going to try to be ground and pound,” Roman said, via the team’s website. “Who really wins big doing that?

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    Yeah, you specifically didnt. The day you were fired the Bills offense improved in almost every single category. Dont think its your boss that was the problem on offense

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 14, 2017 10:24 AM

    greg roman envisions an “elite” sort of game plan.

  3. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 14, 2017 10:50 AM

    Somehow I don’t believe defensive coordinators are losing any sleep worrying about Roman’s offense. If the Ravens are smart they would convince Gary Kubiak to come out of retirement and run that offense.

  4. jackedupboonie says: Feb 14, 2017 10:51 AM

    Lets dump franchise money into a hand off robot…said only the Ravens.

  5. flaccodelic says: Feb 14, 2017 11:06 AM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Feb 14, 2017 10:51 AM
    Lets dump franchise money into a hand off robot…said only the Ravens.

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    I’m confused, I thought all he did was throw jump balls? I mean, other than winning a Superbowl.

  6. unclebluck says: Feb 14, 2017 11:09 AM

    As a Bills fan all I can say is you wont see much ground and pound even when your team is running the ball well. Roman prefers those trick plays and options that work so well in little league and high school….Good luck Ravens….#RetreadcoachesruletheNFL

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 14, 2017 11:27 AM

    “Who really wins big doing that?”
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    How about first work on winning before you start planning on how to win big. This is going to be a fun year. Not at all competitive for the Steelers, but fun nonetheless.

  8. 6ball says: Feb 14, 2017 11:43 AM

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    The Ravens blueprint for victory :

    1. Choke
    2. Lose
    3. Whine
    4. Call the league office

    Bisciotti is the architect of “Framegate”.
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  9. carloswlassiter says: Feb 14, 2017 12:07 PM

    jeffreyshulenburg says:
    Feb 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    “I wouldn’t try to pigeonhole us just yet that we’re going to try to be ground and pound,” Roman said, via the team’s website. “Who really wins big doing that?
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    Translation: Blame Rex. It wasn’t my idea.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Feb 14, 2017 12:31 PM

    carloswlassiter | Feb 14, 2017, 12:07 PM EST
    jeffreyshulenburg says:
    Feb 14, 2017 10:17 AM

    “I wouldn’t try to pigeonhole us just yet that we’re going to try to be ground and pound,” Roman said, via the team’s website. “Who really wins big doing that?
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    Translation: Blame Rex. It wasn’t my idea.

    Carlos why are you throwing shade at the guy you most resemble…..frequent boasting, bluster, and BS…..with a lie or two tossed in.

    Roman is a tool, but not a sharp one. Flacco needs some offensive help before the D dies of old age.

  11. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 14, 2017 12:45 PM

    So “heave and pray” is still the gameplan then? Good. Quickly followed by “check down and punt”. Plenty of variety in there.

  12. jjackwagon says: Feb 14, 2017 12:49 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Feb 14, 2017 10:51 AM
    Lets dump franchise money into a hand off robot…said only the Ravens.
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    They dumped money into a SB winning QB.

    Roman will turn him into a hand off robot.

    You’ve got your facts backwards.

  13. jjackwagon says: Feb 14, 2017 12:52 PM

    BTW “…ranked among the league leaders in rushing attempts…” only means you tried to run.

    It doesn’t mean that you ranked among the league leaders rushing yds.

  14. abninf says: Feb 14, 2017 1:42 PM

    They won’t be ground and pound, they’ll be dink and dunk. They’ve always been a boring team to watch.

  15. guitarkevin says: Feb 16, 2017 11:41 AM

    Anyone that thinks Roman is going to try the same game plan in Baltimore is clueless. Flacco and Taylor are complete opposites behind center.

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